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Old 04-13-2013, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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I have a larger dog and just ordered pepper spray to carry in case of an off leash/loose dog

This is a great blog article on dealing with off leash dogs and different ways to deal with it.
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You're right....great article! Thanks for posting it!
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Old 04-13-2013, 09:03 PM
 
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I think pepper spray should use with care and should use as the last resort. Pepper spray may startle the unwelcomed dog. The unwelcomed dog may become disoriented and aggressive. So, use with care. In my area, I know a case that a big dog bit a small dog after the big dog was pepper sprayed. The big dog is usually a friendly dog. After a court fight, the big dog owner won since the small dog owner used pepper spray that disoriented the big dog. The fight was triggered by pepper spray.
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Old 04-14-2013, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Southeast Idaho
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" No, Go Home, " hahahaha, like it's actually going to listen
It has worked for me and the dog lived a block away.
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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It has worked for me and the dog lived a block away.
This has worked for me, too, on more than one occasion! A strong "go home" as turned an approaching dog on its heels. I believe this is the first thing to do. There are people in my rescue groups who keep an air horn handy at home to break up dog fights. They say it works really well. When you foster dogs this happens sometimes and can really shake you down to the core if you are home alone and a dog fight breaks out. This is not too different from the situation of loose dogs because a dogfight is a scary thing whether you know the dogs or not. They can go into the "red zone" and be totally out of control. Anyone who owns dogs should have a basic "Plan A" for dealing with dogfights. I must admit I don't have pepper or bear spray or an air horn. Here in Texas, its not that unusual for people to carry concealed weapons and every couple of years the local newspaper will carry a story of a person shooting a dog during a dogfight at the dog park. I don't normally carry a gun, but I would if I was walking alone in a strange area. Yesterday I walked my dogs in a park I had never been to before. It took winding paths that backed up to small older homes -- some of them in pretty bad condition. I started to worry about stray dogs because fences looked compromised on some of the properties. I wished I had a gun on me, but instead we turned around and quickly returned to the car. I am going to get some pepper spray.
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Most of the people I see walking in my neighborhood carry a stick or a baseball bat. The cyclists carry pepper spray.

There are packs of strays that live in the fields around here.
sounds like a pleasant place to live.
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